This project, christened the Paul Elizondo Tower, is a new ten-story building with a structural steel frame, stone and masonry veneer and complete finish-out of all ten floors. The architectural emphasis is a harmonious incorporation of the existing Justice Center features while preserving the historical elements of the downtown San Antonio area.
The mechanical and electrical systems work was extensive. In the existing central plant two 500-ton centrifugal chillers were added, one was a replacement along with new electrical switchgear and a 1000 kW emergency generator for service to the new tower. A 1000-ton cooling tower was also replaced. All new electrical buss and piping were routed through the existing, in use facility to the new tower.
The building is also connected to the existing Justice Center at five levels, requiring the demolition and removal of major portions of the existing building façade. This five-story bridge-like connection houses the County’s state-of-the-art conference and training rooms. Upgrades and renovations to specific areas in the existing Center were also required in order to comply with current codes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards and security requirements.